How often have I wondered what I would have done in her place?
An unmarried girl–a teenager at that–risking death for faith. But in living, she possibly invited an even worse fate: abandonment, ridicule, isolation. A lifetime of sorrow because of this obedience.
What would I have done? Could I have responded with such…grace?
I am the Lord’s servant, Mary answered. May it be to me as you have said.
Such courage, such fire, such nettle in these words.
Would I have believed?
It must have taken a faith of steel. This thing–this conception–it was impossible, was it not? Yet, as Gabriel said, “Nothing is impossible with God.”
Her cousin, filled with the Holy Spirit, said it.
Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!
How could she know what it would cost?
She carried the Child of God inside her, birthed him, fed him at her breast, loved him as only a mother can–never fully understanding how God’s plan would be accomplished.
Trusting in the goodness of God.
We often underestimate the courage it took to face a society with such uncompromising laws–ones that placed little value on a woman’s life.
Do we see Mary’s response as passive, submissive, meek?
Grace. Courage. Strength.
This is the Mary I see.
Who is she to you?
If you would like to have a chance to read more about Mary, head over to Seedlings in Stone for a chance to win a copy of Scot McKnight’s book The Real Mary. Her contest runs until Oct. 8 at 6pm. Also, in celebration of a brave teen, I’m giving away two copies of my book Brody’s Story. Just leave a comment here by Wednesday October 7 to be entered for a chance to win.